Iran's Zarif Says China 'Pivotal' to Salvaging Nuclear Deal, China Agrees

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The nuclear deal lifted worldwide sanctions in exchange for Iran agreeing to restrictions on its nuclear program.

As Tuesday, the Iran government can no longer buy USA bank notes and broad sanctions will be slapped on Iranian industries, including its rug exports. The Iranian rial has fallen to 99,000 to the US dollar despite a government-imposed rate of 44,000.

Iranians are asking why the national wealth has been squandered overseas on Hezbollah, and in Syria and Gaza, and they want the government to think of their own people first. Sanctions will apply to other countries if they help Iran develop nuclear weapons, warned the United States.

President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an agreement to lift sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme caused a run on the rial as companies and savers bought hard currency to protect themselves from the looming economic sanctions.

The U.S. also has banned imports of Iranian products such as carpets and pistachios and revoked licenses that allowed Iran to purchase U.S. and European aircraft.

"China always holds the view that JCPOA is a multilateral deal which is verified and approved by the United Nations Security Council and accords the common interests of all parties and the global community, which must be respected and safeguarded so as to maintain the authority of the United Nations, the effectiveness of multilateral deals and the credibility of the worldwide rules", Yi reportedly said. Try respect: "for Iranians & for int'l commitments", he tweeted. "I will meet, or not meet, it doesn't matter - it is up to them!"

"Based on the constitution, military forces are subservient to the orders of the Supreme National Security Council [headed by the president], and they do not have the right to set the political agenda for the country", said Abdollah Ramazanzadeh.

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But many USA allies believe that language is code for regime change.

Though the USA sanctions post-deal will be unilateral and not as strong as the pre-deal UN-imposed sanctions, fear angering the United States, the world's largest economy, will likely scare off Europeans who are otherwise committed to the deal.

The exercise could shut down of the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial Gulf passage for shipments of numerous commodities.

Protests were renewed in Isfahan, Shiraz, Ahwaz, Arak, Mashhad, Sari, Karaj and Shaheen Shahr, which are among the largest Iranian cities, in response to calls for massive demonstrations in social networks.

The protests have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living and alleged financial corruption but quickly turned into anti-government rallies.

The U.S. State Department said on its Persian-language Twitter account: "While it is ultimately up to the #people_of_Iran to determine their country's path, #America supports the voice of the Iranian people, which has been ignored for a long time".

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